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CRCs – the current state of play seminar

Dr Tony Peacock, CEO of the CRC Association, will be holding a series of free seminars: CRCs – the current state of play, in Adelaide and Brisbane over the coming weeks.

The Adelaide seminar, being hosted by Flinders University, will be held on 27 November. Click here to register. The Brisbane seminar is being hosted by the University of Queensland and will be held on 1 December. Click here to register.

Dr Peacocks presentation can be downloaded here.



Registrations now open


Registrations are now open for The Business of Innovation 2016 being held in Brisbane next year from 7–9 March, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The conference will explore the importance of business and industry working with science to create innovation, and how to foster these relationships. The conference will also join onto the World Science Festival, also being held in Brisbane — the first time it has been held outside of New York.

The draft program is now up on the website. There are many fantastic sessions and speakers on offer covering a broad range of topics: Australian Government assistance and how to get it; CRC collaboration with business industry: an open conversation; and Breaking down silos: how to use crowd-sourcing technology to accelerate your R&D objectives, just to name a few.

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  • Access Australia’s best researchers and Australia’s most innovative companies.
  • Learn how to leverage your R&D dollars with government support.
  • Collaborate on common interests.

The CRC Association is proud to host the first ever Science-Business Match-up in Brisbane on 8 March 2016. The Match-up will be held as part of our conference, The Business of Innovation 2016, 7–9 March.

By participating in the match-up, companies will be able to hear from a large range of both federal and state government innovation programs and will have the opportunity to meet with research providers who can help them achieve their innovation goals. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, a number of companies interested in developing their R&D will be able to participate at no direct cost.

Researchers and research organisations will be able to find companies interested in collaboration. The Industry Growth Centres will be on hand as will Dr Len Sciacca from DSTO, who will explain their Defense Partnership model and how you can participate, and many more.

The format for the match-up will include companies presenting their innovation wants and needs in both public and private sessions. All participants will have the opportunity to make one-on-one appointments during the day as well.

We are currently looking for innovative companies who are interested in attending the match-up, at no direct cost to themselves. Companies can put in an expression of interest here.


Get ready to work with German Innovation Clusters

In December, the German Government will make a call for applications to further internationalise its Leading-Edge Clusters. Now is the time to act if you would like to look at partnering with some of the world’s leading applied research organisations.

The CRC Association recently participated in the Connecting Australian and European Science and Innovation Excellence (CAESIE) tour and is working with the DLR Project Management Agency to match up any interested CRC Association members with their German counterparts. Getting to know potential German partners over the next month or two will allow them to include you in their proposals to the German Government.

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Pyne Appointed Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science

Newly appointed Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull, has announced his Cabinet reshuffle over the weekend with a few significant changes.

The Hon Christopher Pyne, former Minister for Education and Training, has been appointed as the new Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science. Minister Macfarlane, former Minister for Industry and Science, will move to the backbench. It would appear the portfolio has stayed the same – minus a minor change to its title – with research remaining in the Education Portfolio under the Hon Simon Birmingham.

Minister Pyne will be supported by Assistant Minister for Innovation, the Hon Wyatt Roy, and the Hon Karen Andrews as Assistant Minister for Science.

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Research training still a cause for concern

Tony Peacock, CRC Association

Research training in Australia is once again under review, with the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) due to report to the Minister for Education in March 2016 (Terms of Reference here). CRCs fund around 5% of Australia’s PhD students and therefore have an intense interest in this issue. In fact, in the 25 years of the CRC Programme, an industry-oriented PhD stream has been a common goal of every single CRC. In the early days of the CRC Programme, it may have been sufficient to add some communications training and a seminar or two on intellectual property. Nowadays, the bar has been raised, with all responsible universities and supervisors ensuring that PhD students are well grounded in scientific writing, grant applications, public speaking, intellectual property recognition and management and more.

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